JTG’s Cathal Dennehy wins Irish Beer Mile
JTG’s very own Cathal Dennehy had a storming finish in this year’s Boards.ie Irish Beer Mile Championships, winning in a new Irish Record. Cathal battled with Kevin English down the home straight after Englis had set an incredible early pace.
The venue was Kilbogget Park on Dublin’s southside and the Dublin mountains provided the backdrop for one the great nights in Irish athletic history as a sizeable crowd of beer-guzzling runners rocked up to put on a show of running, drinking and puking that would live long in the memory.
In 1958, Santry was the venue when Herb Elliott smashed the mile world record and 5 men followed him under the four-minute barrier, but this event was a close second in the annals of Irish athletics, with two men going well under the old Irish record of 6:02. Dennehy’s winning time, yet to be confirmed, was 5:50, with Kevin English just a second behind.
The Beer Mile, one of the great events of athletics has the following rules:
Run 4 laps.
Drink 1 12 oz beer before each lap..
Must be at least 5 % ABV.
Puking means a penalty lap.
You must be over 18.
You must acknowledge that drinking 4 beers and running a mile is an irresponsible thing to do, but it’s just a bit of juvenile fun.
For more information on beer mile rules and information in general see beermile.com
Watch the race video and relatively epic finish below, and scroll further down for post-race interviews with pukers and prima donnas. Check the site for Cathal lording his new-found status in the coming days.
Cathal Dennehy’s post-race interview
Kevin English’s post-race pukerview
James Sullivan’s well-crafted analysis of the Beer Mile